This slot might not be the most modern in terms of graphics – though it is certainly worth taking for a spin. In the same way as Arthur’s Quest did for medieval times, Barnyard boogie brings a plain theme to life. You’ll find a picks game, wild symbols and the chance of some big wins with scatters.
One aspect of this slot that you should not overlook is the happy jazzy tunes that mark wins with (dancing) pigs. These keep the game light-hearted and put the fun right back into online slot gaming.
Like many retro online slots, this game has only 9 win-lines. These are fixed, and cross over a regular grid of 5 reels each with 3 rows of symbols. You can spin for 1c per line, 5c, 10c and up from there. This game does not have an auto-play option.
When you spin the reels, they seem to take longer than usual to stop. When they do stop, it is all at once in a clattering mass. I can only assume that this was done deliberately to add to the redneck farmyard feel of the game.
When those reels do stop, you’ll see a mix of unique farm symbols and playing cards. The best paying symbol is the farmer, who has a beard and a piece of wheat coming out from his mouth. This is worth 4000 coins for 5 of a kind, and 1000 coins for just 4. Keep in mind that you are spinning for just 9 coins, and this is a generous prize.
Next on the pay table comes a worried looking chicken. This is worth 1500 for 5 of a kind. A tractor and a bag of (presumably) seeds are the final unique regular symbols. There are a lot of playing card symbols in play. These are aces down to nines. The prize for aces and kings is high compared to many slots – at 500 coins for 5.
A dancing barn is the scatter symbol. This pays from 2 of a kind anywhere on the reels – and will trigger a cheerful tune. You get 200x your total bet if you get 5 of these barns anywhere in view.
Pigs only appear on reels 2 and 4. This symbol has two roles. If it appears on either reel 2 or 4 alone, then it is simply a wild symbol. It substitutes for the regular symbols (not the scatter barns) to create more wins. When this happens, the pig will dance and a tune will play.
When this pig appears on reels 2 and 4 at the same time, this triggers the second screen bonus game. That game is set inside a barn. There are several hiding places to choose from, behind bales of straw and farm equipment. Your task is to click on these and locate the dancing pigs. You’ll win credit amounts, and have the potential to win up to 1000x your bet in this bonus. You’ll get a cheerful tune while you pick.
There is no hiding the fact that this slot is more than a decade old by now. The graphics are fun, though they are obviously from a couple of generations ago as far as design tools are concerned. Most of the background to the reels is a green field, there is a tractor and part of a barn at the top right. On the top left you see musical notes.
The reels are plain cream, with bold line markers on either side. All the symbols are plain, blocky and colorful. The designers have managed to get some character into the symbols. The worried looking white chicken is my favorite – and the pig in sunglasses is entertaining too.
Not all of the symbols are animated. This is saved for the two dancing symbols – the pig and the barnyard. Each has a different tune when they are involved in wins. Aside from the music the sound effects are the regular beeps and whirrs you might associate with an older online slot game.
This is a relatively simple slot game, though has some good solid game play. Keep in mind the age, and don’t let the retro graphics put you off from playing it. There is some big win potential both in the base game and the picks bonus round. While you are spinning the reels, the occasional burst of foot-tapping music will keep you entertained.